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Cleaning Fire Damage in San Leandro

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Fire Damage in San Leandro Smoke damage can be just as damaging as damage from the fire itself. Stay safe and when the fire fighters leave, contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand Fires and the Residues that They Leave Behind in Order to Provide a More Effective Level of Cleaning

Even a small fire in a San Leandro home can cause a remarkable amount of damage. If it burns slowly at a cooler temperature, there may even be more damage than one that burned fast and hot.
 
Knowing what burned and how fast helps SERVPRO determine the equipment and methods we need to deal with fire damage in a San Leandro home. The process of burning material is called combustion, and it has three requirements: Heat, oxygen, and fuel.
 
When these requirements burn in the perfect mix, the fire is hot, bright, and leaves little ash or another residue. When the mix is poor, the amount of residue increases accordingly. A poor mix means that either the heat or oxygen are too low to burn cleanly. This poor mix is the source of smoke and soot residues. The lower the heat or oxygen means more smoke is generated and travels farther through the home.
 
As smoke cools; the residue particles which did not burn in the poor mix fall out of the air and onto the surfaces below. These residue particles are solid bits of carbon and small amounts of liquids called aerosols. They are what makes smoke visible when trapped in the gases generated by the burned organic material.
 
Understanding this is what helps SERVPRO technicians can determine which cleaners and methods to use in a home. The farther away it is from the fire origin means that the smoke is lighter and contains fewer particles. The farthest point usually contains fewer aerosols, so we start at that point using dry cleaning methods.
 
Dry cleaning simply means that we wipe down surfaces with a dry cloth or sponge. In a large room, we may use a vacuum cleaner to remove the bulk of it before using a cloth or sponge to remove residue particles from in corners or other spots difficult to reach with the vacuum.
 
Closer to the fire, we use wet cleaning methods. In this situation, we try to use only water first to break up the thicker residues and then wipe them off surfaces with a cloth or sponge. If the residue is on a surface for an extended amount of time, then we use a cleaning agent to break it up for easier removal. If neither method is effective, then we remove the item for additional cleaning either on-site or at our facility.
 
Remediating the effects of fire damage requires not just equipment, chemicals, and personnel. The task also needs the knowledge to understand what and how to clean. SERVPRO of San Leandro has built up that knowledge over two decades helping our neighbors and community. If you need our services, call us today at (510) 352-2480.

For more information about the City of San Leandro, California visit:  https://www.sanleandro.org/

Moldy Baseboards

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Moldy Baseboards Mold growing on baseboard.

The photo depicts how mold will grow on a baseboard when there is high indoor humidity, or a moisture leak into a room from a wall (or both conditions.)

This mold was found in a closet. The baseboard was damp from rainwater that penetrated a crack in a stucco wall. The air inside the closet was still and the closet was dark when the door was closed. Food source for mold (wood); constant dampness, darkness and still air are the perfect breeding ground for mold colonies.

The baseboard was on an outside facing wall which was not only damp, the wall was cooler than the other walls and that too was favorable for mold amplification (growth). Cooler surfaces are more readily able to condense water from the air than warm surfaces.

If you are inspecting a property for potential mold, always look in a closet.

Flood Damage Remediation And Checking For Hazards In Your Home

11/4/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Remediation And Checking   For Hazards In Your  Home Just one inch of rainwater can cause thousands of dollars of damage to an average sized home.

Checking For Hazards After A Flood

If heavy rains, thunderstorms, and flash floods are frequent in Mulford Gardens, it is essential that you know steps to take to protect your home and family from flood damage. Just one inch of floodwater can cause thousands of dollars of damage to an average sized home. Regular maintenance is the best way to protect your home, such as keeping your gutters clean and checking storm drains for debris.

Flood damage to your Mulford Gardens home can be devastating, and the longer the water sits in your home, the worse the damage is. You need the professional help of our staff at SERVPRO to dry your home out as fast as possible. We do not hesitate to get to your home after you reach out to us to so remediation can be started right away.

Structures which are storm-damaged could pose hazards and floods can create significant damage to a building. Long-term exposure to water can weaken things such as drywall and flooring, creating hazards for everyone. We check for structural problems before we proceed with water mitigation and restoration.

Other steps we take for safety include checking for gas. If gas is present, we contact the local gas company or fire department right away. If water has entered from above, we look for trapped water in ceiling cavities. Drywall softens when wet, and ceilings could fall on you or our staff. We drill holes to free any trapped water in the ceiling and are careful not to punch them in a row and perforate the ceiling.

Particleboard floors which have been exposed to water might not support the weight of machines or people. SERVPRO workers examine the subfloor to figure out the kind and how stable it is. Exposed nails, broken glass, splinters, and other sharp objects could be present as well. The staff is careful to watch where we step and what we pick up.

Once hazards are located and taken care of, our team can begin the removal of the floodwaters and dry your home. SERVPRO works quickly but efficiently to ensure that your home does not suffer additional damages.

You can be sure SERVPRO of San Leandro takes the safety of everyone involved in every case of flood damage remediation. If you live in Mulford Gardens, San Leandro or the surrounding areas and have suffered from floodwaters, call us immediately at (510) 352-2480.

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Staining, Odors, and More from Water Damage Prevents San Leandro Homes from Reaching True Potential

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Staining, Odors, and More from Water Damage Prevents San Leandro Homes from Reaching True Potential Finding water stains and mold in the course of remodeling is never a good thing. Contact SERVPRO when you make such a discovery for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians are Ready to Help You After an Event or When Old Water or Mold Damage is Discovered Behind Walls in Your Home

Homeowners in San Leandro often work on their homes so they continually improve in looks, functionality, and efficiency. While obstacles might appear along the way, few of these require professional assistance for do-it-yourself enthusiasts to overcome. When they do pose a problem, SERVPRO can help with many of them.

San Leandro residents who find water damage within their homes while working on projects often find that surface damage rarely depicts how much damage lies below the surface. While some damage from water might show on the surface in light brown or tan stains, other damage can hide inside walls, under floors, and above ceilings.

When discovered during a home-improvement project, this damage can pose problems for homeowners. Wiring can seem fine, with few fluctuations or other problems at the wall socket or switch, but in reality, suffer from unsafe corrosion problems. Insulation never fares well after exposure to water, except for rare instances involving fiberglass types, and then much work is required to restore its insulation properties fully. Vents and ducts exposed to water over time can exhibit corrosion, rust, and pest problems.

Many other situations can develop when water remains in an area of your home. Mold and mildew is one of these and requires proper remediation. Odors can also come from water damage. As wood rots from being saturated, it exudes terrible odors continuously. Carpets that remain damp because of a slow leak in a water line also create odor problems for homeowners. The floor's underlying components can suffer dramatically when this occurs, ending up in a weakened state, full of mildew and also becoming quite odoriferous over time.

Because water damage can affect a home in so many different ways and in almost any location in a home, SERVPRO professionals acquire different certificates from the IICRC. The training involved in attaining these certificates prepares them for restoring homes from a multitude of problems, including water damage. No job is ever too complicated or involved, nor too small, for us to mitigate to complete restoration.  

SERVPRO of San Leandro wants to help you realize your goals of making your home more beautiful, functional, and livable for yourself and your family. You can contact us at any time, 24/7, 365 days a year, for professional, qualified water damage mitigation and restoration assistance. Our local number is (510) 352-2480. Call us; we are ready to help you.

For more information about the City of San Leandro, California visit:  https://www.sanleandro.org/

Clean Air in Commercial Buildings

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Clean Air in Commercial Buildings Having good indoor air quality is important.

What You Can Do to Improve the Indoor Air in Your Office:

  • Do not block air vents or grilles.

  • Comply with the office and building smoking policy.

  • Water and maintain office plants properly.

  • Dispose of garbage promptly and properly.

  • Store food properly.

  • Avoid bringing products into the building that could release harmful or bothersome odors or contaminants.

  • Notify your building or facility manager immediately if you suspect an indoor air quality problem.

    If You Manage an Office:

  • Maintain a good working relationship with building management on indoor environmental issues.

  • Place office furniture and equipment with air circulation, temperature control, and pollutant removal functions of the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in mind.

  • Coordinate with building management in instances when responsibility for design, operation, and maintenance of the ventilation system is shared.

  • Establish an effective smoking policy that protects nonsmokers from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke.

  • Avoid procedures and products that can cause indoor air quality problems.

  • Integrate indoor air quality concerns into your purchasing decisions.

  • Work with the building manager to ensure use of only necessary and appropriate pest

    control practices, and non-chemical methods where possible.

  • Work with building management and the contractor before you remodel or renovate to identify ways of keeping building occupant exposure to pollutants to a minimum and to ensure that the air distribution system is not disrupted.

  • Encourage building management to develop a preventive indoor air quality management program following guidance issued by EPA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).                  

    These tips came from an EPA booklet available free from the EPA website. It is titled,"An office Occupant's guide to Indoor Air Quality." 

    At SERVPRO, we're pleased to share this information with you.

Flood Damage Cleanup After Heavy Rains in San Leandro

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Cleanup After Heavy Rains in San Leandro Heavy rainfall and storms could cause your home to flood, SERVPRO can restore your home if this happens to you.

SERVPRO Offers Customer Friendly Flood Damage Restoration Services

If you live in an area prone to heavy rains and flooding, your home in San Leandro could one day experience flooding. Bands of heavy rain from hurricanes and other storms can create several days of downpours in your area and cause the water to accumulate at a fast rate. If this happens, do you know whom to turn to for help?

After your San Leandro home has experienced flood damage from heavy rains, SERVPRO can come to your rescue. We are a professional remediation company who is ready to help you at any time you need with the professional grade tools needed to dry your home out again as quickly as possible. We waste no time in getting to your home. We understand how important it is to move quickly to prevent additional damage when water has invaded your home.

At SERVPRO, we pride ourselves on making each customer feel like an individual and feel at ease with our process for cleanup. Before we begin, we make sure to explain each step with you, so you know what is going on and how we are performing the water removal. We also look for any potential hazards, including ensuring all electrical shock hazards are eliminated, and all plugs have GFCIs. We also check ceilings to ensure they are not loaded down with water and look at subflooring to make sure they have not deteriorated to where they are unsafe.

We then protect your structure and possessions from further damage before starting. We remove as much of the standing water as possible first by using professional grade pumps. When all the water is out, we can begin the drying process by using industrial fans and dehumidifiers. Depending on the size of the area to be dried depends on how many devices are needed. They are checked each day and adjusted for optimal drying.

SERVPRO of San Leandro are the ones to turn to when you have floodwaters inside your home. Residents of Mulford Gardens, San Leandro, and the surrounding areas can reach us at any time by calling (510) 352-2480.

To learn more about the city of San Leandro, click here.

Ozone gas is used to kill smoke odor.

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Ozone gas is used to kill smoke odor. Ozone gas is powerful against odor.

Ozone is a colorless and odorless reactive gas. It is comprised of three oxygen atoms and is found naturally in the earth's stratosphere, where it absorbs the ultraviolet component of incoming solar radiation that could be harmful to life on earth. Ozone is a powerful oxidant (far more so than dioxygen) and it has many industrial and consumer applications related to oxidation, mostly in the cleaning of products. Perhaps you have seen television advertisements about the power of oxidation. This same high oxidizing potential, however, causes ozone to damage mucous and respiratory tissues in people and also tissues in plants, above concentrations of about 100 ppb. This makes ozone a potent respiratory hazard and pollutant near ground level.

The restoration industry learned how to apply the oxidant powers of Ozone to clean and deodorize, especially buildings that stink from smoke and soot contamination. Portable Ozone generators can be installed in smelly unoccupied locations to clean the air and remove odor. Ozone generators are also used to remove tobacco and cooking odor and the overpowering odor of death.

It is important that whenever a restoration company installs an Ozone machine that the room is sealed, warning signs are posted and there are no open flames such as from a hot-water heater. Ozone should never be used in a wet environment because compound chemicals can be produced that are bleaching agents and make be very toxic. At SERVPRO of San Leandro we take Ozone safety seriously.

What is Environmental Monitoring?

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

INFORMATION CONCERNING: ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING

The highly trained technicians at SERVPRO of San Leandro are aware of the importance of drying and cleaning up a wet indoor environment in a quick and safe manner that is why we monitor the indoor temperature and humidity at each water-damaged location we are hired to dry. This is accomplished by monitoring the TEMPERATURE & HUMIDITY of each water-damaged location and is performed by checking the outdoor temperature and relative humidity. Next, we also discover the indoor temperature and relative humidity. Why? It is well documented by science that an indoor environment that maintains 60% relative humidity (RH) or higher for three or more consecutive days may contribute to secondary moisture damage including potential microbial growth. We work very hard to reduce the indoor relative humidity in a timely fashion (three days or less). This is usually accomplished by using dehumidification, rapid air-movement and temperature control. There are special pieces of restoration equipment for dehumidification and rapid air movement. Temperature control may be accomplished by using the buildings’ heating and cooling system, or using portable equipment brought to the site.                                                  

Structural materials such as wood, plaster, masonry and such contain some degree of moisture. This is normal. These materials are able to adsorb additional moisture (become wet). We use penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters to discover the “normal” non-affected moisture content of these materials. These measurements become our drying goals. Next we check the materials that are in the affected (wetted) locations. Over the course of mitigation we apply our drying techniques until the materials return to the “normal” conditions, or sometimes close enough to normal to be acceptable.

The following chart represents the “average” structural moisture conditions at your wetted location. Reports concerning specific portions of your location are found within the invoice.

For example at a recent job in the Castro Valley area we measured the moisture content in a doorframe that was not affected by the water intrusion. The wood had 17% moisture content. This “number” became our drying “goal”. Next, we measured the moisture content of a doorframe that had been wetted by the water intrusion. The affected door frame moisture was at 68%. Very wet indeed. After three days of drying at the damaged location, our SERVPRO of San Leandro technicians were able to reduce the once wet doorframe to 15% moisture content. This is actually two percentage points lower than the original, non-affected doorframe.

This type of drying is referred to as mitigation. What is significant about mitigation is that we were able to dry the doorframe instead of having to remove and replace it. Our SERVPRO of San Leandro team can perform this same scientific and cost effective drying process for your home or commercial location experiences a water flooding.

Just give us a call at 510-352-2480.

Ever experienced water damage to your property?

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Ever Experienced Water Damage to Your Property? That's a good question. Over the years SERVPRO of San Leandro has responded to many unusual sources of water damage including: Children watering indoor plants with a garden house; aquariums falling over during an earthquake; and carpenters driving nails through hidden pipes. There are many more common ways that a building can become damaged by water such as: Ground water flooding, rain storms, burst water delivery pipes, plumbing backups, failed/leaking water heaters, etc.

One of the strangest water damage situations that our company responded to was in a four story Victorian house in Oakland that had been converted to small apartments.

During a domestic argument, a wife slashed a waterbed that was in a bedroom on the top floor. The 100 gallons of water flowed down through the floor causing flooding to many rooms below. The water damage affected every resident in the house.

When our crew arrived, we were amazed to see the interior rooms with ceilings dripping as if it were raining indoors. Regardless of the source or the size of the flooding, SERVPRO of San Leandro can quickly mitigate (stop and contain) the damage and get the drying and recovery underway.

Our experience is vast. We work in residential, retail and commercial settings.

SERVPRO of San Leandro 510-352-2480

Can Mold Resistant Drywall Stop Mold Damage In San Leandro?

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can Mold Resistant Drywall Stop Mold Damage In San Leandro? The fungus grows any time it has enough moisture and a food source, which is a real headache for homeowners who want to avoid mold damage.

Mold Damage In Your Home

Mold is a tenacious organism. The fungus grows any time it has enough moisture and a food source, which is a real headache for homeowners who want to avoid mold damage. There are many places within the home where spores can settle and grow whole new colonies, such as the basement or the bathroom. The fungus often appears on walls or ceilings, and one of its favorite meals in the house is drywall. SERVPRO understands that San Leandro homeowners are on the lookout for ways to reduce fungal growth in their homes, which is why some of our customers ask us about the use of mold resistant drywall or sheetrock.

Anyone looking to reduce mold damage in San Leandro is eager to take advantage of products that lessen fungal growth. Of course, we are not suggesting you remove your existing drywall and replace it with mold resistant drywall – that would be very costly! However, you might be wondering if mold resistant drywall is a sensible option in situations where drywall needs replacing.

How can sheetrock be made with less risk of mold growth? The answer is in the construction and the materials. Traditional plasterboard consists of a layer of gypsum, sandwiched between a facing and a backing sheet. The facing and backing are usually comprised of paper – and paper is a great example of an organic material that is food for mold.

Fungus resistant sheetrock is a nonorganic material that is less attractive to spores. How is it made to resist fungus? The answer is usually one of two things: By doing away with layers in favor of a homogeneous layer of gypsum, or by replacing the paper layers with an inorganic material such as fiberglass.

No manufacturer can guarantee their product is mold free, and fungus can still grow on walls made out of the new sort of sheetrock. Also, the newer type of plasterboard typically costs around 10% more than its counterparts. However, removing the paper layer does reduce the opportunities for mold growth, and as such, it is worth considering.

SERVPRO is on hand to help with mold cleanup. Our IICRC-certified teams create a sealed area for remediation and use tools techniques such as scrubbing and HEPA vacuuming to remove visible mold. For help with fungal remediation in San Leandro, Mulford Gardens and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of San Leandro at (510) 352-2480 for assistance today.

For more information about the city of San Leandro, California click here.